• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

Our MSci Sport and Exercise Science degree is endorsed by the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences and combines underlying scientific principles and highly practical skills from the sport science disciplines. We combine principles from classic disciplines such as physiology, biomechanics and sports psychology with skills from contemporary disciplines such as strength and conditioning, sports coaching and performance analysis and nutrition to help you to holistically prepare for a career within the field of Sport and Exercise Science. So, if you have a keen interest in sport and want to learn about the science behind what makes an elite athlete – this MSci Sport & Exercise Science course is for you.

During the course you will be able to learn how to help high performance athletes perform to their potential. On the other hand, you will also be equipped with the skills to tackle current health challenges in society such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes by learning how the principles and interventions of physical activity and diet can lead to positive health outcomes.

Furthermore, in your final year you will focus in particular on the application of what it means to be a sport and exercise scientist within performance sport, working as part of an interdisciplinary team, and developing the skills to be able to successfully assimilate information provided from support members from all sub-disciplines to optimise athletic performance.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details


The programme is designed to provide you with in depth knowledge of all the key areas of sport and exercise science during the first 3 years. In the final year, many of the modules will include some blended learning – with the intention that you will spend some of this year applying your skills in professional practice by providing sport and exercise science support to athletes. Meaning you will gain both a master’s level qualification but also experience in work-based practice, which is crucial for the highly competitive nature of the industry.

Alongside their teaching requirements, our staff are also extremely active in research and professional practice. All sessions delivered on the course will come from our specialist lecturers, unlike some institutions where postgraduate students teach seminars and workshops instead. The sessions will be delivered in a number of formats including:

  • lectures
  • practical sessions
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • blended learning.

Programme assessments will also vary and consist of:

  • written work
  • presentations (poster and oral)
  • portfolio assessments
  • viva
  • practical assessments.

During your degree, you will spend a considerable amount of time using the state-of-the-art Human Performance Laboratory which is fully kitted out with high performance physiological and biomechanical testing apparatus. Additionally, the university has a specialist Psychology Lab, with virtual reality systems, while our commercially run Sports Hall and Fitness Centre provides you with the ability to learn within a real working environment.

Furthermore, due to the active engagement of our staff within professional practice, the university works with a number of high-performance sport organisations to provide sport science support. Recently staff and students have provided services to:

During your course you will also gain the opportunity to sit CIMSPA accredited gym instructor and exercise referral qualifications embedded into the programme. Once qualified you will be able to use these qualifications to apply for jobs within gyms, leisure facilities and health clubs either part-time alongside the remainder of your studies or for full time roles following graduation.

Please note, no formal written exams are included within the programme, but exams may need to be sat for the optional additional professional qualification.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 112-136 points. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Introduction to Coaching Theory and Practice
  • Introduction to Health Physiology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Foundations of Exercise Physiology
  • Data Analysis of Sports and Exercise Science
  • Foundations of Biomechanics
  • Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning

Year 2 Modules

  • Coaching and Athlete Development (optional)
  • Cognition & Emotion in Sport & Exercise Psychology (optional)
  • Research in Sport and Exercise
  • Applied Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Applied Biomechanics
  • Exercise Prescription & Instruction
  • Performance Analysis in Sport
  • Applied Sport and Performance Psychology

Year 3 Modules

  • Contemporary Coaching Issues
  • Sports Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Skill Acquisition and Learning in Sport
  • Professional Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Exercise Referral
  • Sports Science in Practice
  • Clinical Biomechanics
  • Training and Periodization in Physiology and Nutrition

Year 4 Modules

  • Research Project with Research Methods
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Performance
  • Applied Sport Science Support


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

The blend of theoretical, practical and work-based learning used within this programme will set you up for a career within the fields of high-performance sport or clinical exercise, whilst also providing you with the relevant research skills required for higher level study.

Possible career paths upon graduating include:

  • sport science support
  • strength and conditioning
  • health assessment and screening
  • performance analysis
  • coaching
  • teacher training
  • doctoral study

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.